Program Information

Total Credits:

May 19 – June 28
TR 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Tuition + $340.00 Program Fee

Each student will be billed according to their school's tuition rate.

An additional Student Association Fee per credit hour will be assessed. The Student Association fee is $2.00 per credit hour for everyone except full-time undergraduates who entered prior to Fall 2014.

Refund Policy:
Full refund prior to start, 85% refund within 7 calendar days, no refund 8th calendar day onward.

GW Art & History Walk: Interactive Exhibit

Jee Ahn applying tape to photo
Exhibit designed, fabricated, and installed by 2013 Exhibit Design Summer Institute students.

About the Institute

George Washington University's campuses offer a treasure trove of art, sculpture, and historic sites waiting to be discovered by current and incoming students, as well as by the rich and diverse local community of Foggy Bottom.

The institute provides students with the opportunity to design and produce an exhibit and develop a related interactive element utilizing up-to-date social media applications.



MSTD 6601.12 Special Topics: GW Art & History Walk: Interactive Exhibit
May 19 – June 28, 2014
3 Credits
CRN: 11875

Taught by Carl Gudenius and Barbara Brennan, co-directors of the Exhibit Design Graduate Certificate Program, and modeled on last summer's successful exhibit design institute, students will be invited to develop a two-part program that encourages viewers to explore their campus. Students will design and fabricate a "GW Art and History Walk" exhibit to be installed on the Foggy Bottom campus. The exhibit will feature a large map of the GW campus, highlighting up to 30 tour destinations. In addition, students will develop an interactive social activity in which participants explore the campus and visit one or more of the sites highlighted in the exhibit. 

Exhibit Design Summer Institute students will write a label script, design graphic panels and assist in exhibit fabrication and installation. The exhibit content will include historical photographs of GW students on the Foggy Bottom campus and engage viewers in the university's unique history. Students also will develop functional concepts for the interactive engagement element of the project and work closely with appropriate GW faculty and staff for review and approval, including the Brady Art Gallery Director and Assistant director to revise and improve the Art Walk web page. In addition, the students will format the exhibit's photo monitor presentation.


Program Co-Directors

Barbara Brennan

Barbara Brennan retired from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in June, 2012, after 31 years as an Exhibition Designer and Chair of the Exhibits Design and Technology Division.  During her tenure at the Museum, she designed Star Trek and the Sixties (1993); How Things Fly (1996); The Wright Brothers & the Invention of the Aerial Age (2003); America by Air (2007); and the Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight gallery (2010), in addition to numerous temporary exhibits. In 2005, Ms. Brennan joined the GWU Museum Studies Program’s adjunct faculty, teaching graduate level exhibit design. Ms. Brennan has a BA in fine arts and MA in art history from Indiana University. She also holds an MFA in theater set design from George Washington University.  In August, 2012, Ms. Brennan became co-director of GW’s Graduate Exhibit Design Certificate Program.

Carl Gudenius

Carl Gudenius holds an M.F.A. in Production Design from Wayne State University. In addition to teaching scenic and lighting design at GWU and directing its Graduate Design Program, he is an active professional designer (USA 829). He is Principle Designer for DCP/Design Concept Presentations, LLC. Starting his professional design career in 1976, he has designed literally hundreds of projects ranging from network television, live theatre, corporate/government events and commercial exhibits. Recent work has included designing the new presidential lectern as well as art direction/production design for ABC (including Good Morning America and Nightline), C-SPAN, PBS (including In Performance at the White House), The Discovery Channel. 


Course Details

Course Dates

May 19 - June 28, 2014


Registration is now open!

Instructor approval required. Please contact Barbara Brennan and Carl Gudenius, Institute Co-Directors, for an application.